What does “Moving Out” really look like?

Raziel Ungar

Raziel Ungar

November 23rd, 2022 - 2 min read

Once you have made the decision to move out, things can quickly feel overwhelming. With our experience representing hundreds of sellers throughout San Mateo County, we've compiled a list below of some things that we hope you will find helpful and valuable as you begin the process. Of course, we are here for you to help coordinate all aspects of your move so if you're thinking about selling and not sure where to start or what to do, please drop us a line.

  1. Schedule a free curbside Bulky Item Collection Appointment with Recology. They allow two pick ups a year. The link above has information on what items are accepted and how to make an appointment. You can find many donation sites at the bottom of their appointment page as well. It’s a great first step to remove things you do not wish to take with you.

  2. Remove all hazardous wastes as soon as possible. San Mateo County Health has information on acceptable items, drop off locations, appointments and even city events.

  3. Decluttering / Organizing services can be very helpful especially if you have limited time or just feel overwhelmed by the process of moving. Two great companies we have shared with clients are Going Going Gone… and Managing Moves and More. Both of these companies can help you with as much or as little as you need. Some of the services include organizing, sorting, downsizing, packing, labeling, supervising the movers, estate sales and donations, unpacking and new home set up! Another helpful option is PARCA, a local non-profit organization that helps people with developmental disabilities. PARCA accepts clothing and small household appliances and you can even schedule a free pick-up.

  4. Choose a moving company. While we don’t typically recommend specific moving companies, we do suggest sellers obtain 2-3 estimates for comparison. It can be helpful to decide if you want to do the packing yourself or if you want a full service estimate. You can ask for both cost estimates.

*Save and put aside any items that go with the house: garage door remotes, extra keys (labeled if possible), appliance manuals, extra floor tiles, air filters, special light bulbs.

*Make a note of current paint colors, brands and sheens for all walls, trim, baseboards, front door and exterior. This is helpful for buyers unless we are changing colors. Many buyers ask that old paint cans be removed.

*Clear out the garage completely (except for items that go with the house-floor tiles, extra hardwood planks, air filters, pool equipment, special light bulbs). All other items not bolted to garage walls should be removed, even old shelving and old work benches, especially if in poor condition. If the washer and dryer are present, they can stay but need to be written into the contract.

*Decide if you wish to keep any drapes, current chandeliers, washer and dryer. We typically remove drapes and rods, especially if we are painting walls. If any light fixtures are removed, replacements will need to be installed. Washers and dryers typically stay unless a buyer requests that they be removed.

*Note any damage to floors, walls, doors, and any blinds, light fixtures, sinks/toilets or appliances that don’t work properly or are broken. Having a list of fix-its is helpful for a walk through with your real estate agent. Also begin to note issues from the past like water leaks, rodent issues, sewer or sump pump issues. If you end up not needing to repair, at least you have notes to make disclosing these items easy.

*Remember to forward your mail with USPS, update Amazon delivery address and any regular delivery services with your new address.

The nitty gritty:

*Purge, purge, purge! Moving less “stuff” is always easier. 

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